#MondayThoughts: Pretty on point for a Monday.

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Monday thoughts. Monday thoughts. Monday…

Thoughts.

Right.

When I got up this morning, it looked like snow, but now the sky is all blue. We had a little bit yesterday, nothing exciting or accumulating, though. Maybe later in the week.

I’m wavering on continuing the Yoga with Adriene January challenge. It seems silly with 8 days to go, but I don’t know what’s with me this year. I’m not enjoying it.

I could finish the month with other practices, I guess. I could stick it out.

I could quit.

Remember, quitting is always an option, we really don’t have to hold ourselves to artificial goals made for the sake of making them.

But what I’ll likely do is ponder each of these options, day by day by day as the number of practices goes down until it’s the last day and there’s no choice to be made.

Again, I don’t think it’s Adriene, I think it’s me. Last year this challenge gave a great respite from what was happening in my world, but this year, I don’t know, it’s just too direct I guess. Too much work on being in the moment, perhaps?

Who knows.

I mean I should know but I clearly don’t. Which feels pretty on point for a Monday.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a fantastic Monday.

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Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#FridayThoughts: End of the week.

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First this week’s #TVWatch, “Murder around the world.” And now Friday.

It’s been raining a lot this week, which feels odd for January, but it’s really not the first time we’ve had warmer temperatures this time of year. Still you have to wonder which changes are permanent.

Maybe it’s the swings, like Mother Nature’s very mood is going from one extreme to the other. Who can blame her, after all we’ve done.

This week feels like one with a lot of trying, but not as many results. I suppose that’s going to happen on the way to getting things done, one way or another, and I’m not as frustrated as I could be. I count that as win.

As for the yoga challenge, it’s going. I can’t say I’m enjoying it, really, but I think that’s about my fighting myself to be present. It’s not an easy task for me at the monent.

I’ll try to finish it, just taking each day as it comes. There aren’t that many practices left at this point anyway.

So that’s it for me for this week. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a lovely weekend.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayTen ten word photo prompt: Moment

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Photo by Beyza Kaplan on Pexels.com

It’s THURSDAY which means it’s time for a ten word story, or our #ThursdayTen as the cool kids say.

Using the image above as a prompt, write a 10 word story. EXACTLY ten words.

It’s not like you’re new at this or anything. Unless you’re new at this.

Then welcome!

OK, OK, enough delay. Ready?

Here’s mine:

The past gone, she wondered if the future was too.

#WednesdayWisdom: But you know what does both those things for longer?

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The sky is clearing a little bit, though there are still stripes of clouds across the sky. Still, I’ll take it.

For today’s post, I played a little game with myself. I went to twitter and vowed to be inspired by the fifth tweet in my feed after a refresh, counting only tweets that were not my own.

Didn’t have any by accounts I follow, but here is the tweet:

Christina Applegate and her daughter both dressed in dark suits for the Critic’s Choice Awards.

I already saw the other tweet of Christina’s this morning, the one talking about a troll who attacked her appearance, and that this picture–the one that sparked that awful comment–is where I landed feels fitting. Because I have thoughts.

Perhaps they will lead to wisdom.

They say you never know what someone is going through, but this is one of those rare cases where we know a lot about what someone is going through. Christina Applegate has survived cancer; now she’s battling MS, and even with all that, she’s showing up for herself, for her daughter, and for her fans.

And yet there are always people who want to poke a bruise, who want to make people feel bad, to steal happiness and trample it.

Here is my wisdom for you: don’t be one of those people.

Of course even the woman who did exactly that probably thinks she’s not one of those people. She probably thinks she did some kind of good, settled some kind of score by criticizing the appearance of a woman whose talent far exceeds her remarkable looks, and her gumption exceeds even both of those qualities.

I mean come on. Christina Applegate is and will always be beautiful, no matter her state of health. But that’s not the point.

Don’t be the pin bursting someone else’s balloon. Maybe it gives a temporary sense of satisfaction; maybe for a moment it relieves continuous self-hatred. But you know what does both of those things for longer?

Kindness.

Being the type of person you can stand.

And with that, I wish you a happy Wednesday.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Thinky

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First, this week’s #ChatTuesday, “The only way through is through.” And now Tuesday.

My ideas for new Tuesday themes have been underwhelming, at least to me, which is as far as they’ve gone because, well, underwhelming. Well, I’m sure I’ll get it eventually.

Possibly.

Maybe.

Maybe it doesn’t really matter and it’s just mental energy better spent elsewhere. Who knows.

Might as well ponder it more.

I’m proceeding onward with the yoga challenge, and it’s going. I’ll probably see it through but I’m not sure it’s hitting me in the way I really need. On the other hand, I’m feeling slightly more drawn to the mat, in terms of getting the day started.

I don’t know, yoga requires a lot of mental presence and that’s not where I am right now. Which is kind of funny when you think about it because how far can your mind go?

Very very very far, if you’re imaginative enough.

Anyway, that’s it for me this rainy Tuesday. Have a great day no matter your weather.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#MondayThoughts: Changeable.

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I think it’s raining though I can’t actually be sure. It’s gray out, from top to bottom. If it’s not raining now, it’s only a matter of time.

It feels warm, though, for January. Our weather’s changing, gradually and all at once. Can’t say they didn’t tell us this would happen.

I don’t know where everyone’s gone on Twitter, I’m seeing fewer and fewer people I follow. I know some have left for other places or no social media at all but still I feel like many are still there, but we can’t see one another. Is it the system falling apart?

Is by design?

It’s incredible how the purchase of Twitter by a single egomaniacal, vengeful awkward perpetual teenager turned into a tantrum of ripping the wings off a bird. It probably had a deeper political goal, as it’s so hard to spin narratives when they are unspun in real time, but more sites are coming.

Since we already know we can, I suspect we always will.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on this Monday, as heavy as the clouds outside, on this day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. We’d do well to remember his lesson that we the people hold the power for great change.

And with that, I wish you a good Monday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#FridayThoughts: A dash.

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First, #TVWatch, “Free Fitness Edition?!??!” And now Friday.

It’s gray today, and I think it may rain. Or snow. Not sure how cold it is. Hmm. 30. Definitely cold enough to snow, though I’m not seeing any in the forecast.

For some reason, this week felt very long. It wasn’t just my scare on Wednesday either (it’s in the Wednesday post) but the entire week. Maybe it’s me.

Maybe it’s the weather.

But I’m hoping to get some good rest this weekend. Along with new adventures with my Cricut. I made a decal to put on my headphones case, the case was so slippery and difficult to open, and it really did the trick. Plus now it’s pretty. Bonus.

I’m going to end up with decals on EVERYTHING.

I just know it.

Aside from that, not much to report on this end of the week, this Friday the 13th, apparently. It felt like I got a lot done, but in the scheme of things now, in retrospect, I’m less sure.

Hmm.

Anyway, that’s it for me this week, have an amazing Friday and a spectacular weekend.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#ThursdayThoughts: A bit of a breather

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No writing prompt today, taking a little bit of a blog break, only for today. I hope you have a lovely, lovely Thursday, though.

Nothing to worry about, I just need to recharge my creativity!

#WednesdayWisdom: Go with the flow

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My morning didn’t start out the way I expected. Normally, I talk to my dad at some point. This morning, I couldn’t reach him. I knew he had an appointment, I knew he’d be getting ready to leave, so he should have answered.

Usually he’ll call or text within a few minutes, but nothing. The panic, a whisp in my stomach grew and spread as the worry became a beast all its own.

I headed over.

Still on the way he didn’t answer. Finally I knocked at his door.

And he opened it, bewildered.

We discovered that somehow he’d managed to turn his phone on to Do Not Disturb. It was effective.

Even though he is tech savvy. Even though he knows how his phone works. He just didn’t notice.

But once I was there, I figured…why not go with the flow? I offered him a ride to his appointment, and I grabbed a coffee while I waited for him. I started this post but he was faster than I was.

We went to the grocery store, both picking up odds and ends. In what felt like a reward from the universe, they had fresh figs.

Fresh figs! One of my favorites.

This isn’t how I thought my day would look. My blog is late, everything is all turned around. But I went with it.

And it was good.

Anyway, that’s it for me for what’s left of this Wednesday. Have a great day.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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#TuesdayThoughts: Specific realm.

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First #ChatTuesday, “And that’s some truth.” And now Tuesday Tuesday.

I still haven’t figured out a different format of post for the blog on Tuesdays. Since Friday is TV, there’s no sameness, but there’s a bit of one with Tuesday. It’s not that I don’t have a lot of thoughts, but how many of them do you want to read?

My ego hopes you said all of them. Though wait that could be a little creepy.

There’s got to be a good balance somewhere.

Anyway, it’s another sunny day and I think it’s a little warmer than yesterday. But as I said, you can’t tell just by looking, the January sun in Chicago is a trickster who will break your heart and freeze your face.

Still the sun is nice, even if it’s cold.

My adventures with Cricut continue, I used it in at least three completely different ways yesterday, it’s as easy to use as a printer but it cuts. I mean what more could you want.

I’m sure a lot of things but I mean in this specific realm.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Have a marvelous Tuesday.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
See what I’m writing on Medium.